James P. Monson Biography

James P. Monson




Jim Monson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1943. Known for his large, complex AbEx color woodcuts and lithographs, Monson began studying art with a focus on printmaking in 1965 at the University of Iowa, under renowned printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. There, Monson received his MFA in printmaking in 1969. Upon graduation he moved to Paris to work with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. From 1970 to 1973 he was Hayter’s assistant and printer. He established his own studio and taught summer workshops in Tourrette-Levens and he was a Guest Lecturer at the Tyler School of Art in Rome.

In 1976 Monson was appointed Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Carleton College and St. Olaf College, and he participated in the Print Symposium with Garo Antreasian at the University of MA in Amherst in 1981. Monson was the Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA from 1977 to 1982 and in 1985 he returned to Europe to live and work in southern France.

Collections: Bibliotheque Nationale, FR; british Museum, U.K.; Universities of Chicago, Iowa, Wisconsin, and others; Witchita Art Museum; Library of Congress, and many others.